We're excited to announce Robert Randolph & The Family Band will be hitting the stage at River City Roll, Saturday October 26th! Tickets are on sale NOW! Live entertainment starts at 3pm with Downtown Abby & the Echoes, Hollis Brown, followed by Robert Randolph & The Family Band performing at 8pm. This event is outdoors, rain or shine, and open to all ages until 10pm. Advance ticket purchase, or admission at the door is required.
Robert Randolph took a step outside when it was time to record his new album, Brighter Days,
choosing to work with producer Dave Cobb. Cobb is best known for his work with
new country stars like Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile, and
Jason Isbell. Looking beyond anyone’s expectations or his own preconceptions
helped Randolph circle back to where it all began for him: church music.
The first three songs of Brighter Days are a full dive back to Randolph’s gospel roots,
starting with lead track “Baptize Me”, a joyous romp of a song that makes a
direct connection between religious and musical ecstasy and salvation.
“Dave Cobb is just a guy who likes to record good music and good songs,” says Randolph. “He wanted
to do something that was fun but it also gives you a gospel feeling. He knows
the history of our band, coming from church and giving that fun church feeling
“We wrote ‘Baptize Me’ the first day in the studio. It’s really a love story, about an all-round
love: for each other, for our audience, for our church background, for the
music we love and for our fans. All of these songs kind of harken back to how
we started, to being known as this musical family band that comes from the
church and appeals to rock, blues, gospel and soul music audiences. We wanted
that good gospel, blues, R&B feel, because that’s where we started and it’s
good to not only remind people of that but to actively remember it ourselves.”
Randolph grew up playing sacred steel music – basically gospel played on pedal steel guitar – in
the House of God church in Orange, New Jersey, and began taking his joyous,
gospel-infused music out to clubs, backed by family members who shared not only
backgrounds, but blood.
Hollis Brown is an American Rock ‘n’ Roll band. Named after a Bob Dylan song (“The Ballad of
Hollis Brown”), the band was formed by Queens-natives and songwriters Mike
Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar). Both
2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American,
respectively), they soon found their musical brethren across America,
recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, and Adam Bock
(keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis.
Hollis Brown’s latest single “Run Right To You” was released on 7” vinyl in October 2016 on
Velvet Elk/One Little Indian records. Their song “Steady Ground” is a featured
exclusive on Amazon’s playlist Amazon Acoustics. The band’s vinyl EP, Cluster
of Pearls (Alive Naturalsound Records), was chosen as one of the 300 select releases
throughout the world for Record Store Day 2016. Pressed on Starburst Vinyl, the
record is limited to 800 copies and features four previously unreleased tracks
and two songs released on vinyl for the first time. It was released digitally
on iTunes in August 2016. Cluster of Pearls follows up the 2015 release of
Hollis Brown’s third album 3 Shots (Jullian Records/RED), featuring the Bo
Diddley collaboration “Rain Dance,” and the duet “Highway 1” with acclaimed
alt-country songstress Nikki Lane.
The independent act has achieved a significant amount of success since their formation in 2009.
They released their debut album Ride On The Train on Alive Naturalsound in 2013
(produced by Adam Landry), garnering song and video premieres from Rolling
Stone, Paste, and American Songwriter, along with music placements in the
worldwide trailer for the Michael Keaton film “The Founder,” the Willem
Dafoe/Matt Dillon film “Bad Country,” Direct TV’s “Kingdom”; Showtime’s
“Shameless,” MTV’s “Real World,” and an online ad campaign for Abercrombie
& Fitch. Following a Lou Reed tribute concert in NYC, Alive Naturalsound asked the band to record a
tribute to the Velvet Underground’s classic album Loaded, as a limited-edition
vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014. Hollis Brown Gets Loaded took on a
life of its own, with airplay on influential radio stations, resulting in a
full CD & digital release.
The band has toured extensively in America and Europe, headlining and supporting such bands as The
Counting Crows, Citizen Cope, The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bastards,
Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, and Jesse Malin, and building an impressive fan
base on both continents.
Mascot Label Group
has announced the signing of Hollis Brown to a global recording agreement with
Cool Green Records. Their next album will be released on June 7, 2019.
DOWNTOWN ABBY &
THE ECHOES BIO
DownTown Abby &
The Echoes captures the spirit of old soul while emphasizing its youthful
energy and fresh songwriting.
from the work of the titans of soul, blues, and southern rock, the North
Carolina-based band brings its fresh take on soul to an ever-growing fan base.
Recently named the FloydFest 19 On-the-Rise Series winner, DownTown Abby &
The Echoes has never been more focused on its mission to bring funky,
dance-inducing original tunes to the Southeast's most popular festivals and
The band's powerful
vocals and groovy rhythm section is a must-see for all ages and musical